ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-476 (SF) HK-5197 Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 28 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-476 (SF)
Operator:AerCaribe Cargo
Registration: HK-5197
MSN: 24430/1820
First flight: 1990-02-07 (27 years)
Total airframe hrs:67961
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET) (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET/SKLT), Colombia
An Aer Caribe Boeing 737-400 cargo plane suffered a runway excursion after landing at Leticia Airport, Colombia.
The aircraft took off from the Bogotá Airport at 15:50 hours local time. The flight was normal and the aircraft was cleared for the VOR approach to runway 21.
The controller notified the crew of a 350° wind at 4 knots and a wet runway.
At 16:57, the aircraft touched down abeam taxiway Alpha. Immediately afterwards, when the deceleration began, with the application of the reverses, an explosion occurred. The crew observed that the auto-braking system was not operating, so they decided to deactivate it and execute manual braking.
Both captain and first officer failed to get a response when applying the brakes so the captain decided to activate the reversers again with 400 metres of runway remaining.
The aircraft continued to roll and crossed the threshold stopping in the safety zone, twenty meters from the runway threshold.
Approximately one minute after the plane stopped, the crew opened the cargo door and evacuated by their own means; the four occupants were unharmed.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause(s)
The investigation determined that the accident was caused by the following causal factors:
Poor maintenance procedures of the aircraft operator, by not applying complete and adequate corrective actions to determine the root cause of repeated tire failure.
Brake system failure as a result of a break in the hydraulic lines and harness housed in the right landing gear compartment caused by pieces of rubber from tire No. 4 bursting during the landing run.
Bursting of tire No. 4 due to the over bending action it suffered as a result of being inflated and over inflated repeatedly, due to different reports of low tire pressure.
Runway departure during the deceleration during the landing manoeuvre in Leticia.

Contributing Factors
Inadequate risk management of the Operator, since the repeated reports of discrepancies were not known or dealt with by its Operational Safety Management area.
Poor conditions in the safety zone, in the extension of the Leticia aerodrome's header 03, whose unevenness and flooding contributed to the damage to the aircraft.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: COL-17-05-GIA
Download report: Final report

Tire failure
Runway excursion (overrun)

» Aerocivil

METAR Weather report:
00:00 UTC / 19:00 local time:
SKLT 290000Z 00000KT 8000 -DZ BKN010 25/25 A2984 RMK AD OPER IMC

21:00 UTC / 16:00 local time:
SKLT 282100Z 00000KT 9999 SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2982

22:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
SKLT 282200Z 32003KT 9999 -DZ SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2980 RERA

23:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SKLT 282300Z 00000KT 9999 -RA BKN010 BKN080 26/24 A2986 RMK AD OPER IMC

Follow-up / safety actions

Aerocivil issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Boeing-737-476SF-HK-5197
accident date: 28-01-2017
type: Boeing 737-476SF
registration: HK-5197

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
7 Feb. 1990 VH-TJE Boeing first flight
27 Feb. 1990 VH-TJE Australian Airlines delivered
31 Oct. 1993 VH-TJE Qantas
2 Dec. 2013 N230AG Aero Acquisitions registered; converted to Special Freighter
9 June 2016 HK-5197 Aer Caribe registered

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport as the crow flies is 1088 km (680 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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